Nvidia graphics card not detected on Windows 10 [EASY SOLUTIONS]
Your graphics card is one of the most important hardware components on your PC. Unfortunately, many users reported issues with their graphics card and according to them their Nvidia graphics card isn’t being detected on Windows 10.
What can I do if Nvidia graphics card isn’t being detected on Windows 10?
Your graphics card is one of the most important hardware components on your PC, but many users reported issues with their Nvidia graphics. Speaking of issues, users reported the following problems:
- Graphics card not detected laptop – This issue usually occurs with laptops, and if you’re having this problem, you need to be sure that you’re using a dedicated graphics.
- Nvidia GPU not detected Windows 10 – If you’re having this problem, it’s possible that your graphics card isn’t properly connected. In addition, be sure to check if your drivers are up to date.
- Graphics card not detected in Device Manager, BIOS – Many users reported that their graphics card isn’t detected in Device Manager. This is usually caused by incompatible drivers so be sure to update them. If your graphics card isn’t detected in BIOS, it’s possible that your graphics card isn’t properly connected.
- Nvidia graphics card not detected after driver update – If this problem started appearing after a driver update, you might be able to fix the problem simply by rolling back to the previous version of the driver.
- Nvidia graphics card not being used – This is another common problem that users reported. To fix it, be sure to try some of our solutions.
- Nvidia graphics card not working Windows 10 – Many users reported that their Nvidia graphics card isn’t working at all in Windows 10. To fix that, you might have to check your BIOS configuration. In addition, it’s also recommended to update your BIOS.
Solution 1 – Make sure that your graphics card isn’t disabled
Sometimes this issue can occur if your graphics card is disabled in Device Manager. To see if your card is disabled, do the following:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Power User Menu and select Device Manager from the list of results.
- Once Device Manager opens, locate your graphic card and double click it to see its properties.
- Go to the Driver tab and click the Enable button. If the button is missing it means that your graphics card is enabled.
Solution 2 – Install the latest Nvidia drivers
Update drivers manually
If your Nvidia graphics card isn’t detected on Windows 10, you can fix that problem by downloading the latest drivers for your device. Before doing that be sure to uninstall all previous Nvidia drivers that you have. To do that follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app and go to Apps section.
- Locate Nvidia drivers, and delete all software related to Nvidia. Simply click the software you want to remove and choose Uninstall.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to remove the driver.
If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.
Alternatively, some users are suggesting to use Display Driver Uninstaller tool to completely remove Nvidia driver from your PC.
After you’ve removed Nvidia driver visit the Nvidia’s website and download the latest drivers for your graphics card. When installing drivers be sure to select Fresh install option.
Update drivers automatically
In order to prevent PC damage by installing the wrong driver versions, we suggest to do it automatically by using a dedicated tool: DriverFix.
This tool is designed for Windows 10, approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus to update your PC with the correct Windows Drivers. Here’s the quick guide on how to do it.
- Download and install DriverFix
- Once installed, the program will quickly scan and identify out-of-date or missing Windows Drivers.
DriverFix compares your PC against its Cloud database of 18 million Windows drivers and recommends proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
- Upon scan completion, you get a full report of out-of-date drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button to automatically install all recommended updates.
Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.
Disclaimer: some features of this tool are not free.
Even though installing the latest drivers is usually the best solution, sometimes the latest drivers can have certain issues, and if that’s the case we highly advise to install the older version of Nvidia drivers for your graphics card.
Solution 3 – Make sure that discrete Graphics Processing Unit is enabled in BIOS
If you have both integrated and discrete graphics your Windows might not be able to detect it unless you enable it directly from BIOS. To do that follow these steps:
- While your computer boots keep pressing F2 or Del to enter BIOS.
- When you enter BIOS you need to find dGPU feature and set it to Enabled. This feature should be located in Chipset > dGPU Configuration section.
Users reported that after enabling dGPU in BIOS the issue was completely fixed. Bear in mind that this option is sometimes called switchable graphics, so keep an eye for it.
For detailed instructions on how to access BIOS and how to enable dGPU / switchable graphics, we recommend that you check your motherboard manual.
Solution 4 – Use Command Prompt
Several users reported that Nvidia driver can’t detect the graphics card, and you can fix this problem by using Command Prompt. To do that follow these steps:
- Open Command Prompt as administrator. You can do that by pressing Windows Key + X and selecting Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
- Once Command Prompt opens enter bcdedit /set pciexpress forcedisable and press Enter to run it.
- Close Command prompt and try to install your drivers again.
Solution 5 – Update your BIOS
BIOS is in charge of your hardware, and by updating your BIOS you allow your motherboard to work with new hardware. Users reported that after updating their BIOS the issue with Nvidia graphics card was fixed.
We have to mention that updating BIOS can sometimes be a potentially dangerous procedure, therefore use extra caution in order to avoid causing permanent damage.
For detailed instructions on how to update your BIOS be sure to check your motherboard manual.
Few users reported that reflashing their BIOS, even with the latest version installed, fixed this problem. Even if you have the latest version of BIOS installed you might have to perform the update again just to fix this error.
Solution 6 – Check if your graphics card is properly connected
Sometimes Windows 10 can’t recognize your graphics card if it’s not properly connected. To fix this problem, check if your graphics card is properly installed.
You might even remove it and install it again and check if that fixes the problem.
Other Nvidia graphics card related issues
There are many other problems occurring while using Nvidia graphics as GPU. You might have encountered them already while using Windows 10. You can find the fixes by checking them below:
- Sound disappeared after installing Nvidia graphics drivers
- Issues with webhelper.exe generated by Nvidia graphics
- Nvidia 3D vision is not supported by primary display adapter
- Windows 10 cannot detect the second monitor
Keep an eye on our “Fix” section to spot the newest fixes related to possible Nvidia graphics issues and errors. Let us know if there are other issues unknown to the community so we could help them fix them.
Solution 7 – Uninstall recent updates
Several users reported that a certain update caused this issue on their PC. If this problem started appearing after a Windows update, you need to find the recent updates and remove them. To do that, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app and go to Update & security section.
- Click on View installed update history.
- Select Uninstall updates.
- List of installed updates will appear. Now double click an update to remove it.
If removing the updates solves the problem, you need to block those updates from installing again. To see how to do that, be sure to check our guide on how to prevent Windows from installing certain updates.
As we already mentioned, your graphics card is one of the most important hardware components, and if Windows 10 can’t recognize it be sure to try some of our solutions.
If you have any other suggestions or questions, feel free to post them in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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